Holidays & Books for April 1 – April 6

Monthly Holidays


National Garden Month

Rabbit Stew, by Wendy Wahman

Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth, written by Mary McKenna Siddals|illustrated by Ashley Wolff

Lola Plants a Garden, written by Anna McQuinn | illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

Rainbow Stew, by Cathryn Falwell

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, written by Kate Messner | illustrated by Silas Neal


National Humor Month

There are so many wonderfully funny  books on my site! These are just a few I’ve reviewed recently. Take a look around!

Accident!, by Andrea Tsurumi

Be Quiet! by Ryan T. Higgins

The Book of Mistakes, by Corinna Luyken

Bruce’s Big Move, by Ryan T. Higgins

I Have a Balloon, written by Ariel Bernstein | illustrated by Scott Magoon

It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk, written by Josh Funk | illustrated by Edwardian Taylor 

Life on Mars, by Jon Agee

The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABCs (the Hard Way), by Patrick McDonnell

Nothing Rhymes with Orange, written by Adam Rex

Read the Book, Lemmings!, written by Ame Dickman | illustrated by 

Quit Calling Me a Monster! written by Jory John | illustrated by Bob Shea


Straw Hat Month

Miss Fanny’s Hat, written by Jan Karon | illustrated by Toni Goffe


Jazz Appreciation Month

How Jelly Roll Morton Invented Jazz, written by Jonah Winter | illustrated by Keith Mallett

Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph, written by Roxane Orgill | illustrated by Francis Vallejo


National Poetry Month

Button Up! Wrinkled Rhymes, written by Alice Schertle | illustrated by Petra Mathers

Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings, written by Matthew Burgess | illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo

Guess Who, Haiku, written by Deanna Caswell | illustrated by Bob Shea

Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys, written by Chris Raschka | illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

Hi, Koo: A Year of Seasons, by Jon J. Muth

The Maine Coon’s Haiku and Other Poems for Cat Lovers, written by Michael J. Rosen | illustrated by Lee White

Nasty Bugs, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins | illustrated by Will Terry

A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, written by Jen Bryant | Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

A Song About Myself: A Poem by John Keats, illustrated by Chris Raschka

Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World, written by Susan Hood | illustrated by 13 women illustrators

Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems, by Bob Raczka

When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons, written by Julie Fogliano | illustrated by Julie Morstad


Adopt a Greyhound Month

A Greyhound, a Groundhog, written by Emily Jenkins | illustrated by Chris Applehans


Black Women’s History Month

Fancy Party Gowns: The Story of Fashion Designer Ann Cole Lowe, written by Deborah Blumenthal | illustrated by Laura Freeman

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race, written by Margot Lee Shetterley | illustrated by Laura Freeman

Stitchin’ and Pullin’: A Gee’s Bend Quilt, written by Patricia C. McKissack | illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera


National Car Care Month

Cowboy Car, written by Jeanie Franz Ransom | illustrated by Ovi Nedelcu


Frog Month

I Don’t Want to be a Frog, written by Dev Petty | illustrated by Mike Boldt


Daily Holidays


April 1


International Pillow Fight Day

SnoozeFest, written by Samantha Berger | illustrated by Kristyna Litten


April 2


National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

Peanut Butter and Jelly, by Ben Clanton

Peanut Butter and Brains, written by Joe Santoso | illustrated by Charles Santoso

Peanut Butter and Jellyfish, by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Peanut Butter and Cupcake, by Terry Border


National Reconciliation Day

Meet the McKaws, by Ged Adamson


Children’s Book Day

Enjoy your favorite books!


April 3


Find a Rainbow Day

Ava and the Rainbow (Who Stayed), by Ged Adamson


National Tweed Day

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, by Simms Taback


April 4


National Hug a Newsperson Day

Breaking News: Bear Alert, by David Biedrzycki


National School Librarian Day

The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq, by Jeanette Winter

Biblioburro: A True Story from Columbia, by Jeanette Winter

Bunny’s Book Club, written by Annie Silvestro | illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Weiss

Library Day, by Anne Rockwell and Lizzy Rockwell

Madeline Finn and the Library Dog, by Lisa Papp

The Midnight Library, by Kazuno Kohara

Waiting for the Biblioburro, written by Monica Brown | illustrated by John Parra


National Walking Day

Finding Wild, written by Megan Wagner Lloyd | illustrated by Abigail Halpin

A Walk in Paris, by Salvatore Rubbino

When the Wind Blows, written by Linda Booth Sweeney | illustrated by Jana Christy

When the Snow Falls, written by Linda Booth Sweeney | illustrated by Jana Christy


April 5


National Tell a Lie Day

Tell the Truth B. B. Wolf, written by Judy Sierra | illustrated by J. Otto Seibold


National Read a Road Map Day

Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat

The 50 States: Fun Facts, written by Gabrielle Balkan | illustrated by Sol Linero

Carson Crosses Canada, written by Linda Bailey | illustrated by Kass Reich

Maps, by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinska


Deep Dish Pizza Day

Lorenzo the Pizza-Loving Lobster, by Claire Lorden

Secret Pizza Party, written by Adam Rubin | illustrated by Daniel Salmieri

The Princess and the Pizza, written by Mary Jane Auch | illustrated by Herm Auch


April 6


National Poetry Month

This was the book I featured on this day. For more poetry books, see the monthly list above

A Song About Myself: A Poem by John Keats, illustrated by Chris Raschka


April 7


International Beaver Day

The Skydiving Beavers: A True Tale, written by Susan Wood | illustrated by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen


April 8


Zoo Lovers Day

The Opposite Zoo, by Il Sung Na

There’s a Giraffe in my Soup, by Ross Burach

The View at the Zoo, written by Kathleen Long Bostrom | illustrated by Guy Francis